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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Memphis


Less than an hour from Memphis, this friendly West Tennessee town is deep in cotton and soybean country. The drive includes views of the scenic and fertile Mississippi River bottomlands.

48 miles northeast of Memphis, TN,
Tags: culture | history | day trip | road trips


If railroad history interests you, get on track for Jackson. Be sure to see the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum. The local ice-cream parlor is the perfect way to reward yourself for staying on schedule.

85 miles east of Memphis, TN,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip | road trips

Pickwick Landing State Resort Park

A playground for locals, this park is full of beaches and picnic areas, plus a restaurant specializing in southern cuisine at the 119-room lodge and a nearby golf course.

125 miles east of Memphis, TN,
Tags: family | local favorite | outdoors | day trip | state park


Perfect for hikers and anglers itching to get a bit of outdoors time in, Tiptonville’s Reelfoot Lake, a flooded forest teeming with trout, is also home to bald eagles from January through March.

125 miles north of Memphis, TN,
Tags: hiking | outdoors | day trip | fishing


Elvis’ birthplace in Mississippi is a must for fans of the King. His two-room birthplace is open to visitors. The friendly, small city also boasts an automobile museum and Tupelo Buffalo Park.

107 miles southeast of Memphis, MS,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip

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